Being the very best version of ourselves…

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“We can’t control what others do and how they choose to live their lives, but we can focus on being the very best versions of ourselves. And who knows, our positive actions may just rub off on others. It doesn’t do any harm to at least try, and you might discover some unique things about yourself in the process.” ~M


Photo credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/composing-monkey-woman-laugh-sepia-2925179/

If…

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“If we spend our time and energy on those who are most important to us, everything else in our lives will eventually fall into place.” ~M


Photo credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/frog-butterfly-pond-mirroring-540812/

A reminder for me and you…

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“We must focus on the beauty of the dance, while we still have the chance.  ~M

 

My quote today was inspired by the following quote.  Such powerful words always cause me to reflect upon my own life and its meaning.

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

Gautama Buddha


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January Writing Prompts

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Happy New Year, everyone!  And welcome to another month full of writing prompts!  I often write the prompts throughout the month when an idea or thought hits me. These ideas often come from snippets of conversations that I’ve had with family or friends. In fact, the first two this month can be credited to my blogger friend Kate, over at A Thousand Bits of Paper because of something important that she said to me. So essentially, these prompts are representative of my life, and all the fun, weird, crazy parts of it. I know some of you have written entire books based on these prompts, and that always leaves me in amazement, especially knowing that parts of my life are now intertwined with parts of yours. So as the new year unfolds, please enjoy these prompts, which are not always just random words, but rather words which mean something to me. I hope they’ll eventually have special meaning for you as well.

1. The light bulb moment
2. Shadow monsters
3. Hideously huge
4. The disappearance of S.V.
5. Butt cream and beer
6. The last book of Og
7. Along the Onofre river
8. Apple jelly jumping jacks
9. The absence of color
10. Superficial pleasantries
11. Transparent hearts
12. Life in the middle lane
13. Twisted tales and torture devices
14. Morning clover
15. Bring me the cheese please
16. After while crocodile
17. Five finger fiascoes
18. Portraits of time
19. Reuniting nightingales
20. Bittersweet goodbyes
21. Sleepless in the town of harmony
22. The end of an era
23. Bald eagle sightings
24. Crescent moon cravings
25. Indistinguishable words
26. Lasting truths
27. A thousand stars
28. At odds
29. Zelda, where are you?
30. Masters of madness
31. The pickle thief

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

December 2019 Writing Prompts

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Merry Christmas to all of you out there in blog land!  I hope you are all able to enjoy this holiday season, and spend it with the ones you love both far and near.  Happy writing!  😉 ~M xo

  1. Bitter berries
  2. Escaping ordinary
  3. Divinely delicious
  4. Toothless Tom
  5. Pastel patches
  6. Tumbleweed trail
  7. Great oats of fire
  8. Mazes of mystery
  9. Humorless humor
  10. Going, going, gone
  11. The best thing ever made
  12. Icy gumdrop showers
  13. The Gothic Greek giant
  14. Creameries and confectioners
  15. The life of a snowflake
  16. Visions of an empty room
  17. Along the starlit way
  18. Rambunctious reindeer
  19. At half past twelve
  20. Ruffled feathers
  21. The salty sanctuary
  22. Pieces of Marty and me
  23. After the ball
  24. Casualties of Christmas
  25. Paper airplanes
  26. The strongest link
  27. Cups and saucers
  28. Beneath the ledge
  29. Faster than a broomstick
  30. Mechanical mishaps
  31. The littlest nutcracker

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

November 2019 Writing Prompt Participants

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Thank you to all who participated this month.  I know it was a tough one for a lot of people with NaNoWriMo going on.  See you all in December!  😉 ~M

  1. The night train

Donna Alford: Short Stories – https://donnaalfordshortstories.com/2019/11/02/the-night-train-to-the-end-of-another-year/

Cosistories  – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/the-night-train/

Playing with words – https://playingwithwords.blog/2019/11/06/the-night-train/

Zombie Flamingos – https://zombieflamingoes.com/2019/11/01/november-writing-prompts-day-1-the-night-train/

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/novmishmas-november-prompt-smashup/

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November 2019 Writing Prompts

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Hey Everyone,

It’s hard to believe it’s already November!  I know that many of you will likely be participating in NaNoWriMo this month, so best of luck if you are!  Stay inspired and keep on writing!  ~M xo

1. The night train
2. Greetings from earth
3. Wire wrapped workings
4. Soggy pizza perils
5. Studded leather lover
6. The mommy mutiny
7. Water glass whistles
8. Soup kitchen killers
9. Sense and subtlety
10. Broadway night blues
11. The Starlite Inn
12. Hard cider hangover
13. The gobstopper gang
14. Droplets of dread
15. Toadstools and tadpoles
16. Born of beauty
17. Truth be told
18. The perfect reason
19. Green bean casserole
20. Soiled spoiled spots
21. Figure eight failures
22. Where monsters tread
23. An impossible view
24. Mountains of mystery
25. Fiery frankfurter fiascos
26. Lazy day dreams
27. Sand castle creations
28. Thorny thistled thickets
29. Yours and mine
30. Crinkled and creased

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

October 2019 Writing Prompt Participants

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Thank you to all of you who participated this month! I know many of you were busy with Inktober, and it’s hard to do both writing and drawing when you’re doing something like that.  It was so much fun to see all your inky creations!  I hope to see all of you again in November.  Keep writing! 😉 ~M xo

 

  1. The fizzled enchantment and other stories of ruin

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/oct1-3-promptly-writing/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2019/10/07/the-fizzled-enchantment-and-other-stories-of-ruin-room-101/

Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2019/10/02/occupy-til-i-come/

Zombie Flamingos – https://zombieflamingoes.com/2019/10/01/october-writing-prompts-day-1-the-fizzled-enchantment-and-other-stories-of-ruin/

A UNIQUE TITLE FOR ME – https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/devil-music/

Realm Of Dreams – https://ejsrealmofdreams.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/the-book/

Ladyleemanila – https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/thursday-photo-prompt-balefire-writephoto/

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Five a Day

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I recently came up with an idea for a way that my family and I could improve our lives and also help others in the process. I call it “Five a Day.” I feel like so often, we try to do so much at once to make positive changes in our lives, and then we get burnt out quickly. So I wanted to figure out a way that could benefit all of us here at home, without making drastic changes that are nearly impossible to maintain. I knew I wanted me and my family to start giving more, to be more productive, to spread kindness, to be healthier, and to make time for things that we all enjoy. So here’s what our Five a Day consists of:

1.) Get rid of one thing every day.

2.) Do one productive thing every day.

3.) Spread kindness at least one way every day.

4.) Do one thing you enjoy every day.

5.) Do one healthy thing every day.

We started this about a week ago, and it’s been going really good. The kids seem to be enjoying it, and we talk about all the things we’ve done over dinner every night. I think all of us are having fun finding things around the house that we know we no longer need. It’s been sort of like a scavenger hunt every day. And we plan to donate everything to a local charity once we accumulate enough stuff. Our pile is definitely growing, as you can see in the picture, and this is just one weeks’ worth of items we’ve collected. Anyway, I just wanted to share this idea with all of you because I know how overwhelming making healthy changes in our lives can often be, and I’ve found this to be a simple way to instill some positive changes in my own life and help my family develop some positive changes too. If you decide to implement the Five a Day routine into your own life, I’d love to hear how it works out for you.  And if you have any other ideas for self-improvement, I’d love to hear about those as well.

Have a great week, everyone! ~M xo